‘Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom’– George S. Patton.
Every person on this planet, be it from any race, creed, religion, gender, has one aim in mind, and that is to be successful. Every single person in the world has their own goals and dreams. Young or old, male or female, black or white, rich or poor, all have the same drive and desire to live life in the best way they see possible. However, everyone’s definition of success is not the same. Some may believe that success is measured by the amount of money we have in our bank accounts, the number of Audis we possess or the number the farmhouses we own. Conversely, others equate success to mental peace, to have a loving and caring family and be a responsible parent.
Whatever be the definition of success, whether its fame, power and wealth or love, care and peace, it is not something which is easy to attain. Everyone craves for financial independence, to provide for their family and to lead a healthy and calm life, but you can achieve success only when you can lay a foundation with the bricks other throw at you.
So here is the list of 10 recipes for success in all spheres of your life.
Make challenging lists
Make yourself challenging and stimulating lists to complete within a time frame. Make sure you address all the short as well as the long-term goals. Form a habit of penning down your thoughts and ideas. If you don’t write down what comes to your mind, chances are that the next morning you will go blank. Write down a list of all your goals, which will help you keep track of your life and make you organized. You will be amazed by what all you can overcome!
Enjoy the present moment
In this fast paced life, people tend to forget to enjoy the present moment. Don’t take anything for granted. Go ahead, enjoy the beautiful sunny rays falling on your face, the magnificent butterfly flying by or the titter tatter of the raindrops. Thinking about the past or the future continuously will not lead you anywhere. The past and the future are mere illusions and it is the present which is taking place right now. So make the most of it, and don’t let the negative thoughts rule your precious time. Learn to silence them and pay attention to minute details, so that you appreciate life more.
Never try to copy someone’s success or ideas. Always try to be unique, new and create your own brand name. Do something which gives you the exclusive right over it and is something which is distinctive. Be exceptional in whatever you do. For example, Lady Gaga is not just associated as a mere singer like anyone else but is also considered as someone who is daring and someone whose success didn’t come from trying to please everyone. Even if you consider your ideas as crazy and over the top, don’t give up on them, because they are truly your creation and unique to your style. It is what makes you who you are.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Most of the people have the habit of comparing the low points of their lives with the high points of others. If you want to be successful and accomplished in life, compare yourself with no one else, but yourself. As perfect as someone’s life may seem to be, everyone has their own set of tragedies, pains and hardships to overcome. Success is not something which comes easily to someone. Think about those who are not so well endowed in life and take inspiration from them rather than feeling sorry for yourself.
Be resilient and don’t give up
Persistence is the key. Things usually don’t work out as planned. But that does not mean you will give up on them that easily. If you are following your passion, then no matter how hard and impossible the way may be, be resilient. The price of success is hard work and dedication to the work at hand. The road we traverse will be full of obstacles, distractions and pessimistic people, who will keep consoling you about the fact that it is okay to give up. When we reach a dead end, and nothing seems to work out, remember, it all depends on your courage to move forward, even if there are a thousand reasons for you take a back seat. Determination is a wonderful quality to imbibe, which will never go waste and help you reach new heights in life.
Start working towards your goal now
Procrastination is like a parasite. The more you procrastinate, the more you more to do it. You will always think of innumerable excuses of not starting a particular task, whereas, in reality, there is no excuse to wait. The one factor which will lead you to your goal is taking action. People spend half the time in planning, listing the pros and cons, preparing, waiting for the opportune time. They miss out on reaching their full potential. Put all your ideas to practice. Do something which will make you irreplaceable.
Believe in yourself
If you, of all people, believe in yourself, then nothing can stop you from being successful. Is there a greater pleasure than proving someone wrong? Especially if it’s the one who keeps demeaning you and not considers you worthy. Don’t give a second thought about people who can do nothing about give useless advice and bring you down. All that truly matters is whether you believe in your ideas and in yourself. If you are not proud of your ideas, then why should anyone else?
Don’t fear failure
Embrace failure as your friend. A fear of failure is something which is inevitable but can be overcome. If you fail once, then it is likely that you will not try again. But the secret here is to never give up. When everything seems to be going wrong, keep in mind that “the road to success is paved with a thousand failures” so each failure actually brings you closer to where you want to be. Buck up, chip up and start all over again. After all, how many times could you get it wrong? Prove everyone wrong who tried to advise you to back down after your failed attempt. The fear of failure is the number one thing which will stop you from succeeding in life.
Recognize your passion
The first and foremost thing to do is identify your passion, interests and desires. Ask yourself some serious questions. How would you like people to remember you? What do you want your legacy to be? Only a handful of people is truly successful in life because the others never figure out what their passion is not following your passion is the reason why people don’t reach their goals. If you do something which you love, then the process becomes enjoyable and you will give your 100 percent. That way, you will dare to take risks, believe in yourself and chase your dreams.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar.
Always bear in mind that in the path to success, your attitude determines what and how much you can do. It is the one responsible for guiding your aptitudes. It is the most important factor in helping you move forward. A good attitude ensures that as you strive to make your dreams come true and as you push to make your goals ever nearer, you do so without losing your sense of worth. One of the most important steps you can take toward achieving your greatest potential in life is to learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you. Determination, courage and fortitude to name a few, are truly the seeds of success.
Just remember one thing, don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will follow.